Club Directory

The Aboriginal Health Initiative serves to increase awareness and knowledge of aboriginal health issues in Canada within the UBC medical student population.
Sites: VFMP, SMP, IMP, NMP

We are a club interested in promoting adolescent health, as well as adolescent medicine as a specialty. Our key project this year is organizing the Invisible Conditions Conference, an event where youth with chronic conditions gather to make friends and learn skills to cope with future challenges. We will also organize ongoing workshops and speaker events around adolescent medicine throughout the year.

Contact: steve.ce.tsai@alumni.ubc.ca

AIG is a student-run interest group in collaboration with UBC Anesthesia Department to introduce medical students to the specialty of Anesthesia. We host procedural workshops such as vascular access and airway management, residency and CaRMS information nights, and speaker-series and seminars throughout the year.
Sites: VFMP

Arts in Medicine is a club dedicated to promoting different forms of artistic endeavours (visual, literary, and performing arts) as a means of expression and self-care for the medical student body. By creating a space for the UBC medical community to participate in the creation and enjoyment of art, our club hopes to inspire reflection on how the creative and medical arts can interact, and the role that art has in promoting health and well-being. We hold several well known annual events, including:

- two coffeehouses, one for each term;
- painting nights;
- UBC Faculty of Medicine Art Show

UBC AiM is a great way to meet like-minded colleagues and mentors. We have strong support from the practicing medical community. Previous artistic experience is not required to be a part of our club!
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Contact: artinmed@gmail.com
Website: http://arts.med.ubc.ca/

"Board of Med is all about self-care, community, and a little bit of critical thinking on the side. We're there to help you de-stress and get to know your classmates all while you're trying to figure out who those darn werewolves are. There's no lack of fun at a Board of Med board game night; we have a plethora of games available for all skill levels and interests. Whether you're new to board games and are looking to learn or an experienced veteran looking for a challenge, we've got you covered.
We host board games nights on a monthly basis and advertise through out Facebook group ""Board of Med"", so join up if you are interested!"

Contact: alex.suleiman@gmail.com

We, the Boys2Med, strive to be the best med school boys-only a cappella/doo-wop group in British Columbia and beyond. We strive for a fun, supportive environment for stress-relief and friendly camaraderie, while dropping some amazing harmonies and soulful tunes.
Sites: VFMP

Help save lives by donating blood! Members of this club will actively participate in recruiting blood donations to the Canadian Blood Services, including organizing blood drives, educational events, and social events. There is currently a shortage of donors in Canada. The process is short and simple, you can donate every 56 days, and save up to 3 lives each time! For more information, please contact one of the club organizers.
Sites: VFMP,SMP,IMP,NMP

Contact: ubcmd.bloodchampions@gmail.com

The Career and Financial Wellness club hosts a speaker series which aims to guide medical students and residents in their career and in financial planning. Through this speaker series, we hope to help students with major life planning events such as setting up lines of credits, determining whether to buy or rent a house, and how to maintain work-life balance while studying and practicing. Guest speakers such as doctors, residents, accountants and lawyers will be invited to the talks to provide students with mentorship and insight regarding the new profession in which they are embarking.

Contact: cfw.ubc@gmail.com

Christian Medical and Dental Society (CMDS) is a national organization of Christian physicians, dentists and students, each holding an individual membership, who seek to honour God by integrating faith with professional practice. We meet every week for dinner and discussion. Everyone is welcome.
Sites: VFMP, NMP, SMP, IMP

The purpose of the Dermatology Interest Group (DIG) is to provide students with information about the field of dermatology including information on residency programs, clinical practice, and current research.
Sites: VFMP

Exercise is Medicine on Campus at UBC (EIMC UBC) is an initiative aimed at encouraging exercise in clinical practice and fostering early inter-professional relationships. UBC medical students across all four sites will have the opportunity to collaborate with medical faculty, health care professionals, and students in other fields (eg. physiotherapy, nursing, kinesiology) to create physical activity opportunities and events promoting exercise as a means to preventing and managing chronic disease.
Health care is a team-based endeavour and inter-professional collaboration is essential to optimize patient outcomes. This club additionally aims to encourage medical students to begin building inter-professional relationships. EIMC UBC will equip students with the education (eg.medical evidence supporting the benefits of exercise) and tools to prescribe physical activity both in the short term (eg.through community events) and the long term (eg.through future clinical practice). We want to collaborate with Doctors of BC to promote existing events (eg.Walk with your Doc) as well as host new events for students (eg.a motivational interviewing workshop accessible by all sites illustrating how motivational interviewing can be used to elicit positive behaviour change). EIMC UBC strives to provide multiple exposures and experiences for students to learn how to incorporate and emphasize the importance of physical activity in the future of medical care.

Contact: eimc.ubc@gmail.com

FIFEgirls is UBC Med's first (and best!) all-female acapella group! We plan on perform at many different events throughout the year, including Spring Gala and the Arts in Medicine Coffeehouses. When we're not singing, you can find us trying to convert pop songs into acapella arrangements and plotting the downfall of Boys2Med.

Contact: ubcfifegirls@gmail.com

As a club we work to expose students to the diversity of roles filled by family physicians in different communities. We inform students of opportunities and encourage them to learn more about issues and skills important in primary care. We hope to encourage and inspire students to consider family medicine as a career choice, and to develop networks of support among those interested in primary care and those in other specialties. For more information, please visit our website: www.fmigubc.com
Sites: All

The goal of French in Medicine is to provide medical students with the opportunities and resources to improve their French language skills, and to encourage students to pursue French-speaking opportunities in medicine! Our events include weekly conversation groups with native French speakers, physical exam workshops, and social events. Come join us and learn/improve your French in a fun and relaxed atmosphere!

Contact: oliviamarais@gmail.com

Genetics in Medicine is a MUS club that aims to expand the scope of genetics education in our medical undergraduate curriculum. Our mission is to improve student awareness of the rapidly growing field of genetics in medicine and the impact of genetics on future clinical practice in all fields of medicine.

Contact: ubcgeneticsinmedicine@gmail.com

Healing Sounds of Music (HSM) is a club that is committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment to all individuals (regardless of skill level) who love music and want to share this passion with others. Whether you just want some space to jam around, or you want the opportunity to have a meaningful impact on the lives of those within the community- we have something just for you! Our main goal is to enrich quality of life and promote well-being of the sick and elderly through musical engagement within hospital and long-term care settings. We also hope to inspire the younger generation to become engaged within the community by working with high school students to facilitate their ability to provide social support and develop intergenerational relationships.
Sites: VFMP

Health Education Alliance (HEAL) is an interdisciplinary collaboration dedicated to advancing health education through curriculum development, community outreach, and interprofessional workshops.
HEAL aims to minimize knowledge gaps in healthcare by educating patients, healthcare professionals, and professionals-in-training.
HEAL partners with local high schools to design applicable health education programs, and trains volunteers to deliver these programs.
In addition, HEAL partners with UBC Medical Language Initiative in developing and delivering the Chinese medical language workshops for health professional students and practitioners.
Feel free to contact HEAL if you would like to get involved, or have a great idea to bring to life!

Contact: healubc@gmail.com

Hip Hop gives all med students the opportunity to learn how to pop, lock and groove. No previous dance experience is necessary to join; everyone is welcome! We rehearse once a week, and perform in the Spring Gala every year.

Contact: laurakimkw@gmail.com

IHI Open School for Health Professionals is an interprofessional educational community that gives students the skills to become change agents in health care improvement. We’re talking about skills like quality improvement, patient safety, teamwork, leadership, and patient-centered care. Our online resources (courses, lessons, videos) provide foundational concepts and are written by world-renowned faculty. Then attend our events where you can put all your new knowledge into action!
Sites: VFMP

Interprofessional collaboration is considered a superior way with which to provide the best care for patients. Medical school currently has little extra time to devote to the exploration and understanding of what other health care professionals do and how their skills and knowledge are essential to providing complete patient care. At times in the hospital setting, many of these health care providers such as physiotherapists, occupational therapists and social work do not meet face to face but rather communicate in written progress notes which can be confusing and misinterpreted. Similarly, health care professionals may be referring to these different services ineffectively and not optimizing the expertise these professions can offer. This club will help provide a basic overview of the roles and responsibilities of various health care providers in an effort to help med students gain a greater appreciation for their skills and how to best facilitate working with these other professionals in practice.
Sites: VFMP

Karotid Chop is a group of martial artists from all four years of medical school who train together during the year. We also put on a performance every year at Spring Gala.
Sites: VFMP

The MGM Club is composed of medical students and residents interested in volunteering to provide medical care, conducting research, and educating fellow colleagues on events and mass gatherings in BC. We work in conjunction with the MGM Interest Group, a group that began in 2008 after the highly successful Pemberton Music Festival. The MGM Interest Group is an evolving team of professionals from many disciplines who are all working together to study, teach, improve standards, and provide world-class care at events in our communities. Mass Gathering Medicine Club aims to get interested medical students involved in the vast area of pre-hospital and mass gathering medicine through providing opportunities to participate in pre-hospital care, research, education.

Contact:

Club Mandate
To sing and make music together, expressing ourselves through music.
To connect and make friends across all medical classes.

Club Description
We are a group of around 30 singers who meet once a week, learning how to sing together. Our goal is to have two songs ready to sing at the Spring Gala.

Contact: maryamgarabedian@gmail.com

Club Mandate
MedLIFT is a weightlifting community at UBC medicine. Whether you are experienced lifters or want to learn weightlifting, we are here for you!

Contact: bkim8565@gmail.com
touraj_k@alumni.ubc.ca

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1180749921947031

MD Ridaz aims to improve the mental and physical wellness of the UBC Medicine community via promotion of cycling for recreation, fitness and transportation, through social and educational events. We aim to connect and support cyclists of ALL levels.

Contact: alec.watson@alumni.ubc.ca
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1639880662947516/

The Med Yoga Club aims to foster mental and physical wellness within the UBC Medicine community through weekly drop-in yoga classes open to all experience levels. We also offer focused skill-building workshops (ie. yoga for beginners) periodically throughout the year.
Sites: VFMP

Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors without Borders UBC exists to help inform and inspire medical students about getting involved in global health in their future careers, whether through MSF or through other globally-focused organizations. We hold speaker events to provide students with information about MSF and effective medical aid. In addition, we connect students with doctors who have worked for MSF in the past. We have club representatives at all UBC medicine sites, in order to provide opportunities for students to learn about MSF and global health in small group settings at their own sites. We also hope to encourage collaboration between the sites in a global health context.

Contact: atstich@alumni.ubc.ca

In "Hatching Healthcare Solutions", we aim to equip medical students and residents with the toolbox required to 1) Identify existing problems, 2) formulate testable hypotheses, and 3) engage patients, physicians, and other stakeholders in finding and creating the best solution.

Our events take form in multiple educational and hands-on workshops with innovative medical professionals, members of the start-up community, and various UBC faculty members. Our plans are to unite medical students, engineers, and design students in UBC's annual Hatching Health conference.

We are concerned with the role of healthcare professionals in helping trafficked persons. Throughout the year, we organize film screenings, workshops and speaker events to help students from various health-related disciplines learn about human trafficking and how we can help. In addition, we also engage in relevant advocacy projects and academic endeavors such as drafting position papers, research, writing, etc.
Sites: VFMP

Medical Students for Choice (MSFC) is dedicated to ensuring that women receive the full range of reproductive healthcare choices. MSFC recognizes that one of the greatest obstacles to safe and legal abortion is the absence of trained providers. As medical students, we work to make reproductive health care, including abortion, a part of standard medical education and residency training. Each year we host speaker nights, a lunch time lecture series, skills nights and shadowing opportunities with local providers.

Contact: msfcubc@gmail.com

The UBC Medical Undergraduate Student Ensemble (MUSE) aims to promote musical expression among medical students and alumni. MUSE accepts all orchestral instruments and rehearses weekly at the Medical Student and Alumni Centre on Mondays from 6:00-7:30 pm. We share our music by performing at the annual Spring Gala and Coffeehouse events.

Contact: ubcmuse@gmail.com

We are a club dedicated to spreading the word about Men's Health to not only our classmates, but to the community at large. We want to bring awareness to the health of men in the same way that the health of women has been well-documented in classes and in society as a whole. It is our goal to ensure that men are being looked after, and that issues pertaining to them are well addressed in the medical - and social, realm.
Sites: VFMP, SMP, NMP, IMP

Mental Illness Network for Destigmatization (MIND) was founded in 2014 by UBC Medical Undergraduates to promote mental health awareness and to destigmatize mental illness within the medical community and the larger UBC community. Our goal is to advance understanding about mental health through targeted projects and to provide avenues for open discussions about mental wellbeing. Thereby, MIND will facilitate a better understanding of mental health amongst UBC students, faculty, administrators and the general public.

Contact: ubcmedmind@gmail.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ubcmedmind

1. Provide free weekly opportunities for healthcare providers, medical students, patients, and their families to learn and practice mindfulness meditation at the VGH, MSAC, and distributed sites. Experienced meditation practitioners and mindfulness-based stress reduction instructors volunteer to facilitate these sessions.

2. Spread awareness of the research that has been done on the effects and benefits of mindfulness training.

3. Foster resilience among healthcare providers.

4. Provide a space for discussion of the intersection between science, health, philosophy, and spirituality. We host a variety of speaker events related to these topics.

Contact: matthewmcadam@gmail.com
Website: https://mmmatubc.wordpress.com/

The OBGYN Interest Group (OBGYNIG) is committed to inspiring interest and empowering UBC medical students to explore the OBGYN specialty. The OBGYNIG seeks to connect students with the broader OBGYN community by bridging the gap between medical students, and residents and physicians.  The OBGYNIG is dedicated to:
1. Increasing the awareness of OBGYN amongst medical students
2. Supporting the learning and development of obstetrical and gynecological skills
3. Connecting medical students interested in OBGYN with residents and physicians
Our club hosts information sessions on CaRMS and residency programs, plan a suturing workshop, and provide opportunities for students to explore the OBGYN specialty.

Contact: wongcarmenk@gmail.com

The oncology interest group (OIG) aims to connect students with clinicians practicing in the 3 sub-fields of oncology: Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, and Surgical Oncology.
Sites: VFMP (with representatives at the other sites)

Our club aims to help medical students from all years learn about ophthalmology, not only as a career choice but also as an aspect of general practice. We also strive to increase the awareness of medical students and the public about visual health and its importance in everyday life. If you're interested in learning more, or getting involved with vision related projects, let us know!

Contact: dongho.m.lee@gmail.com

SMP is located in sunny Kelowna, surrounded by world class rock climbing walls and mountain biking trails within city limits. In the nearby hills excellent skiing and more climbing awaits. Further beyond is an unlimited supply of mountains (Selkirks, Rockies, Monashess, Bugaboos), ripe for mountaineering, alpine climbing, ski touring, and more. This club is for SMP students who value the wilderness and getting outdoors.
Sites: SMP

The plastic and reconstructive surgery interest group (PRSIG) is a student-run club that organizes events throughout the year, which are meant to introduce the student body to the diverse and exciting specialty of plastic and reconstructive surgery. This year the club plans to host speaker nights, where a plastic surgeon will discuss their career and/or a subspecialty in the field, suturing workshops, where students will be able to learn and practise suturing, and a fundraiser for a local not-for-profit charity focused on plastic and reconstructive work.
Sites: VFMP

The Psychiatry Student Interest Group aims to bring together medical students in all years of training with an interest in psychiatry as well as to increase awareness of the field of psychiatry among the medical student community. PsychSIGN will hold information nights where students can network with psychiatry residents and practicing psychiatrists, as well as discussion nights were important topics relevant to psychiatry are discussed with experts in the field.
Sites: VFMP (with videoconference to all other sites)

We aim to bring together students that have an interest in public health. Our activities will not only examine traditional public health (infectious disease control, sanitation, etc.), but also newer concepts that relate to health, such as the multiple social determinants of health (socio-economic status, social environment, etc.) as well as the promotion of health in our communities and beyond. Come meet some like-minded people and help bring awareness to the important role of public health in medicine!

Contact: dongho.m.lee@gmail.com

Our mandate is to foster interest in the exciting field of diagnostic imaging and to provide a channel for medical students to meet radiologists, residents, and senior clerks to learn about the CaRMS application process, training in radiology, and life as a practicing radiologist.
Sites: VFMP

The Reading Bear fosters a more conscientious and loving society by providing intergenerational mentorship through literacy that encourages early literacy, social wellbeing, and emotional health across generations and communities. Medical student volunteers read to at-risk kindergarten and pre-school students at Strong Start programs, nurturing a love for reading and relationships with Vancouver’s most vulnerable children.
Sites: VFMP

The Refugee Health Initiative aims to aid refugees’ transition to life in British Columbia, particularly focusing on challenges associated with navigating the healthcare system and accessing community resources. One way the RHI seeks to accomplish this is through it’s partnership program, where medical students are paired with refugee families to meet weekly or biweekly over the course of 1 year. Accompanied by volunteer interpreters, medical students help their paired refugee families in a number of ways, including orienting them to their communities, providing information on how to enrol in various community resources and programs, and helping understand healthcare visits.
In addition to our partnership project, the RHI hosts a number of workshops and events throughout the year open to all medical students. This year we will be hosting workshops on working with interpreters, refugee health policy, and trauma-informed care.
For more information, check out our website at https://ubcrhi.wordpress.com/

Contact: ubc.rhi@gmail.com

The UBC Med Sexual Health Club is interested in promoting awareness on sexual health and how health care providers can engage in conversations on sexual health. This year, we are excited to host events on trans health, sexual health and mindfulness, and sexual health at all ages.

Contact: ubcmedsexualhealth@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ubcmedshclub/

The Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN) is dedicated towards supporting medical student interests, knowledge and skills related to the field of neurology. Throughout the year, we offer various workshops and speaking events, such as a Neurology Careers Night. We also organize an annual "Making Connections" neurology-themed art contest. SIGN organizes ward shadowing, and supports students in finding opportunities in neurology.

Contact: dianajykim@alumni.ubc.ca, farahakassam@gmail.com, ktourigny@alumni.ubc.ca
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ubcsign/

A small group of peers with the goal to perform Christmas songs at a number of assisted living facilities in Kelowna in December. The time spent playing music will not only be giving back to a deserving population, it will give students a break from studies and help develop positive relationships amongst peers. Choir practices will be held once every two weeks with the goal of performing at two events after finals.
Sites: SMP

SOS’s mandate is to provide a peer-based support network to enhance students’ sense of well-being by both actively participating in the delivery and having a venue for accessing support. Traditionally, support has been delivered via phone calls or emails. SOS also offers series of events throughout the year to aid students in their careers, such as our annual CaRMS Demystified and CaRMS Unmatched events, which are geared towards preparing and debunking myths associated with the CaRMS process, a source of stress and anxiety for many medical students.

Contact: ubc.fom.sos@gmail.com

The mandate of the Spartacus Club is to promote fitness and well-being, and to incorporate regular exercise into the busy medical student schedule. Check out the weekly MedFit emails and our Facebook page for Spartacus workout times. There are usually two per week: one put on by the first years, and one by second years. All are welcome at either!

Contact: rory.a.sutherland@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/994468123904998/

Speech & Debate in Med was founded in 2015 to assist medical students in developing the skills of public speaking, critical reasoning and communication, as well as, strive to improve student awareness about controversial topics facing the medical community today. We accomplish this through a number of ways, including hosting speaker events about hot-topic issues, fun skill-building games/workshops, presentations, and mock debates. No previous experience is required, our primary focus is to educate, improve and have fun!

Contact: ubcmeddebate@gmail.com

The sports medicine interest group is a MUS club aimed to promote sports medicine by organizing events such as physical exam workshops and speaker nights.
Sites: all sites

"UBC Medicine Stem Cell Club is a team of medical student volunteers from all four sites interested in spearheading and running University Campus Stem Cell/Bone Marrow Drives to improve the Canadian stem cell and bone marrow donor registries. Since our club started in 2012, we have held over 25 separate stem cell drives and recruited over 2700 stem cell donors. Our club has established a community partnership with OneMatch (a division of the Canadian Blood Services), and we are the first student group worldwide that is accredited to run stem cell drives independently.
At these drives, we get people to swab their cheeks and fill out some paper work so that their genetic profile can be recorded. Once registered, a potential donor may be contacted to donate if someone in need of a stem cell transplant or bone marrow graft with a matching genetic profile is found (over 900 Canadians are currently looking for a match). Stem cells are usually donated through blood donation (similar to donating blood normally) and no painful drilling into the hip is required. These stem cells will save the life of someone with a blood cancer (lymphoma, leukemia, myeloma), autoimmune disease, or bone marrow infection.
In addition to university campuses and residences, we conduct stem cell drives at high schools and also rural locations when third year students complete their rural family practice rotation. The locations are carefully selected to target populations currently underrepresented in the registry: males and ethnically diverse individuals including Aboriginals and Chinese-Canadians. This past year, a member of our club piloted a stem cell drive in Inuvik, NWT, during a rural elective. The drive recruited 26 young, Aboriginal, male donors, increasing the overall representation of Aboriginal males on Canada`s stem cell donor registry by 6%. This successful drive showed the importance of operating stem-cell drives in rural communities. Allowing UBC medical students the opportunity to register donors from demographically and geographically underrepresented populations, including Canadian Aboriginals, could be done by training as many UBC medical students before they go off to their distributed sites and begin clerkships.
This year we hope to expand our club operations, and coordinate additional drives on campus to reach our goal of signing up populations that are currently underrepresented in the registry.
Furthermore, we are planning to expand our club activities in the distributed sites as well this year. We have UBC Stem Cell Club executives in the IMP, SMP, and NMP programs, and we will provide them with the monetary as well as physical support (of trained medical students) to help these students run their own Stem Cell Drives. We will also continue to support the undergraduate division of the Stem Cell Club at UBC, which currently averages 100 active members, in order to engage undergraduate students to join our cause and further diversify the population from which we are able to recruit new donors."
Sites: VFMP, SMP, IMP, NMP

Students for Science Based Medicine is a club that focuses on examining the scientific evidence for complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs) and translating this knowledge to the community. Much of the information the public receives about CAMs is unregulated and unsubstantiated by the scientific method. By giving talks in the community, we hope to teach general tools in critical evaluation of the evidence behind health-related claims so that people can make informed decisions about their health. www.sbmubc.org
Sites: VFMP

Students Interested in Internal Medicine (SIIM) is a group dedicated to providing exposure to the field of internal medicine and its subspecialties. We host various events throughout the year, including speaker series, ABG and ECG workshops, Procedures night and CaRMS night. Our popular bedside mentorship program pairs medical students with IM residents, giving them a unique opportunity to be involved during morning rounds or a portion of a call shift.

Contact: meganlucey@hotmail.com

Students Interested In Paediatrics is a club for all students interested in a career in paediatrics. The club holds events to help students learn more about the field of paediatrics and career options. Events include speaker series, including speciality nights and residency/CaRMS information evenings, as well as speaker workshops on play in paediatrics and rural paediatric practice.

Contact: amrice17@gmail.com

The Surgical Club aims to build awareness and interest in surgical specialties as a career. We organize presentations by surgeons, offer suturing workshops led by surgical residents, and have a shadowing program that gives students the chance to spend time in the operating room during a surgery.

Contact: ubcsurgicalclub@gmail.com

The Technology in Medicine club promotes awareness of past, present and future synergies between biomedical engineering and medicine. Topics covered by the club include demonstrations of medical technology, medical technology development and the medical technology industry sector. The club offers guest speakers, workshops and resources with a special emphasis on fostering collaboration between engineering and medical students.
TiM is thankful to have the support of our faculty sponsors, Prof. Antony Hodgson, and Dr. Chris Nguan.

Contact: ubctimclub@gmail.com

Members of the TBC club host “Teddy Bear Clinics” at daycare centres and preschool programs in the greater Vancouver area. During these clinics, medical students guide the children and their teddy bears through several stations that are typical for a pediatric appointment (waiting room, exam room, vaccinations, X-Ray). The goal of these clinics is to familiarize children with what to expect from a visit to the doctor’s office, thereby reducing fear and anxiety related to clinic and hospital visits. It also offers a chance for medical students who are interested in pediatrics and primary care to interact with children in a low-risk setting.

Contact: teddybc.recruitment@gmail.com

Our vision is to be more effective in responding to the social determinants of health and to help mitigate the disparities that act as barriers to health. We work to promote social accountability among healthcare workers by establishing a network uniting individuals and organizations passionate about health and human dignity. As a community of practice, we facilitate opportunities for healthcare, advocacy, research, education and community-engaged initiatives.

Contact: socialmedicinebc@gmail.com


It is important for students to have outlets for their stress, to practice and engage in the arts as a form of coping, stress management and reduction. In engaging in healthy outlets we give people resilience to go forward and handle the increasing demands that are seen in our undergraduate medical curriculum and further in their residency training. The UBC Medicine Bookclub aims to promote wellness through regular meetings discussing various medically related pieces of literature. In addition, the club sponsors an annual essay competition, in which the winning essay will be published and presented at the Spring Coffeehouse.

Contact: sdas@alumni.ubc.ca

Come on and slam, and welcome to the jam. We aim to provide a space where medical students can mingle and play music in a social environment as a form of stress relief and self care. As members of the jam fam, students will not only be invited to rad music events (live music nights/jams at the MSAC, music shows around Vancouver, workshops, etc), but they will also have access to a large number of other med student musicians to set up new bands and informal, interest-specific jam sessions with. All instruments and skill levels are welcome!

Contact: medjamfam@gmail.com

The UBC Medical Language Initiative aims to help medical students learn foreign languages in safe and interactive sessions. We host workshops throughout the year to help students practice newly learned language skills with peers and volunteer patients. We also host seminar featuring speakers who provide insights into the importance of cultural competency and effective communication.

Contact: ubcmedlangugageinitiative@gmail.com

Table Tennismus offers a safe and inclusive environment for medical student ping pong players of all skill levels and years. There will be weekly or biweekly drop-in sessions at the MSAC where you can practice your skills, engage in friendly competition and most importantly have a relaxing evening to socialize with peers. Game options include: Aces, Singles/Doubles up to 11 or 21, and others. Official tournaments will be held once in Fall Term and twice in Winter term, where club members can put their skills to the test against each other.

Our club’s mission and values are to address the health concerns and advocate for the health of the South Asian community of the Lower Mainland. Driven by UBC medical students, the club will reach out to this population through the creation of seminars and booths at community events. Our members will work to tackle language barriers that prevent many South Asians from receiving the care they need. An integral part of this club will also be to encourage optimal diet and exercise strategies for individuals of all ages. We hope to increase health awareness in this population. Moreover, with the use of workshops, this club hopes to educate medical students on basic language and cultural skills that can help build rapport with South Asian patients.

Contact: ubcmed.sah@gmail.com

Have you ever wondered what we as future physicians can do to create more equitable health outcomes? The goal of our club is to explore this question together. We hope to learn about respectful care practices and how we can advocate for increased health equity by speaking with people that are directly affected by these issues in an open and non-judgemental environment. Our events will include talks by guest speakers, workshops, and potential opportunities for community engagement.

Contact: oliviamarais@gmail.com

Ultimate is a self-officiated non-contact sport. Through this fun sport, students will not only find themselves bonding with one another, but also they will be practicing crucial qualities of a competent doctor, such as integrity, leadership, teamwork, and communication. In order to promote such a community, UBC Med Ultimate will be holding skills development clinic so students new to the sport can learn new skills and experience the sport. We hope to hold a tournament in collaboration with other professional faculties such as Dentistry, Law, Pharmacy and Nursing, and, in doing so, enforce inter-professionalism in an effective way outside of classroom. We have already played against Dentistry and Law in the REC league.

Contact: siyoung.kathylee@alumni.ubc.ca
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/341020882896101/

We hold hands-on workshops and events designed to give students a chance to learn about ultrasonography and practice their skills on live models. We host an annual ultrasound symposium, where 70+ students gather to practice sonography under the guidance of residents and staff physicians who use ultrasound regularly. We also hold several smaller group workshops with 7-8 students per instructor. Additionally, we are exploring shadowing opportunities for students, to show them how bedside ultrasound is used clinically. The club has members from distributed sites, who coordinate their own events including workshops.

Contact: nimaomidfard@alumni.ubc.ca

"The Vancouver Street Soccer League is a volunteer-run organization which reaches out to individuals who have been homeless, are currently homeless, or are at risk of homelessness, as well as individuals who feel marginalized within their communities, or are recovering from drug and alcohol addictions.

On the first sunday of every month, a group of UBC medical students volunteer to play soccer with the VSSL and bring some food for the players after the game. It is a really amazing experience and fun for all! For anyone who enjoys getting outside, team building, and playing some great soccer we would love for you to join!"

Contact: ubcmedvancouverstreetsoccer@gmail.com

The Wilderness Medicine Club is an opportunity to explore your interests in medicine as it relates to the backcountry. The club is not just for those with lots of experience in the wilderness! It is designed for students who are interested in low resource, rural and remote medicine, acute care and a desire to improve their confidence as first-responders in the backcountry. We host a variety of events including speaker sessions on topics such as common backcountry injuries, splinting, and hypothermia as well as sessions on basic first aid and avalanche safety and rescue among others. We also organize a nine-day Wilderness Medicine Elective in Whistler, BC that is open to all UBC medical students.

Contact: jennhdvorak@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1515595018688317/

The Women's Health Initiatives is a student interest group for anyone interested in women's health topics. The club focuses on educational events aimed at sharing women's health knowledge with medical students who are interested and looking for more information outside the existing curriculum. Educational events include speaker series nights, suturing nights and a women's health skills workshop. The club also works in community outreach including reproductive presentations for middle and high school-aged kids and prenatal classes for women at risk in the community. The club is always growing and adapting and is keen to include new events and ideas every year.

Contact: ubcwhi@gmail.com